How Life Flashed Before My Eyes in Front of the TV

The cover of TV GUIDE’s Special “Fall Preview” edition, 1971

For many, the 1950s is considered television’s “Golden Age.” But as far as I’m concerned, that era expanded in the 1960s and 1970s, during which time I was born and raised in my hometown of Rochester, New York.

As fate would have it, Rochester was one of the test market areas for . Who knew, right? I certainly didn’t, not while I was reading and loving every page of the latest edition of that magazine, every week.

I very much looked forward to buying every seven…


What the Heck is Really Going On?!

For some, making money comes easy.

For others, not so much.

For some, religion and spirituality tops material wealth.

For others, not so much.

For some, it is believed that God or the “Universe” wants each of us on Earth to be rich.

For others, for millions and millions of people, actually, that doesn’t make any sense at all; like the poor, the homeless, the sickly, the starving, and the dying who are suffering in every part of the world.

Somehow, it doesn’t fit that all these suffering people need to do is…


One Man’s Journey To Appreciation

I grew up during the 1960s and 1970s in the inner-city of Rochester, New York in a big Italian-American Catholic family. Both of my parents each had ten brothers and sisters and, as a result, every day was a party.

Sort of.

My father never made a lot of money, but we didn’t have a lot of bills. For a good portion of my childhood, we lived rent-free in the homestead of my mother’s family. It was a red-brick double house with a solid foundation of love. I lived on one side with my parents…


…the Sky’s the Limit

You can’t wait for people to give you one single opportunity; you have to make your own opportunities (in plural).

In other words, you have to blaze your own trail, without limitation, because the sky’s the limit.

That’s right.

Your potential to succeed with everything in life depends on you, and your initiative; your ability to make connections; to network, to create, to love, to choose wisely, to invest in all the right opportunities; to know the difference between a smart decision and a not-so-smart decision; and to have patience, understanding, and discretion along the way.


Of healthy and unhealthy choices

I’ve been since I was a kid…before it was called and became the hip and healthy thing to do. I just would always eat when I was hungry, and not when it was “time” to eat…for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

I never had breakfast before going to school, and while everyone else drank orange juice, I would insist upon grape juice. …


For millions of Catholics and Christians around the world, today is Palm Sunday, which marks the beginning of Holy Week, which leads to Easter Sunday.

For millions of Jews around the world, Passover also begins this week.

As a Catholic and a Christian, and as a friend to countless members of the Jewish faith, I am making a special request.

For just this week, please do not “Take the Lord’s Name in Vain.”

If I stub my toe or get gnarled in traffic, I may utter at times a not-so-encouraging-word or two. And I’m not proud of that.

But I…


are Celebrated as Trailblazing Seniors for All Ages/Groups

[Credit: The Reelz Channel]

is the title of the Reelz Channel’s new documentary on the classic 1980s sitcom that originally aired on NBC from 1985 to 1992.

As refreshingly frank and entertaining as one of Bea Arthur’s Dorothy Zbornak’s comedic zingers on the show it profiles, [which airs Saturday night, March 13th at 8:00 PM (PST) on Reelz), delivers a wallop of goods and pulls no punches.

Starring with Arthur on the original series (which inspired a failed sequel without the actress) was Rue McLanahan as…

Herbie J Pilato

Herbie J Pilato writes about pop-culture, stays positive, and hosts THEN AGAIN WITH HERBIE J PILATO, a TV talk show on Amazon Prime and Amazon Prime UK.

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